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Gibson Gives Back: The DeWolfe Group

Tammy DeWolfe and Jennifer Petze of the DeWolfe Group recently expanded their volunteering endeavors after learning about a local organization, School on Wheels of Massachusetts, from a client. With a background in 5Ks and physical challenges to support initiatives that offer hope and assistance to young lives, the team embarked on a new way to support a similar mission.

 

1. What is School on Wheels of Massachusetts and how did you first get involved with them? 

School on Wheels of Massachusetts is an organization dedicated to supporting the educational needs of children impacted by homelessness, providing them with the tools and resources necessary to thrive in their schooling. My first engagement with them came through Lisa Ponte, a friend and client, who embarked on an ambitious project with her daughter to fill 10,000 School on Wheels’ backpacks with daily inspirational cards through their initiative, LP VIBES. Moved by their dedication and the mission of School on Wheels, I contributed by donating towards the purchase of these inspirational cards, deepening my understanding and involvement with the organization through Lisa's introduction.

2. What work have you done with Wheels of Massachusetts?

My involvement with Wheels of Massachusetts marked a memorable debut in volunteering for this impactful organization, where Jennifer and I found immense joy in assembling backpacks for 5th and 6th graders. We meticulously filled each backpack with essential school supplies such as notebooks, calculators, pencils, and more, adding a personal touch with an inspirational message on an index card to serve as a bookmark. The thoughtful consideration in providing robust, varied-design backpacks ensures that these gifts of knowledge are not identifiable as charity, preserving the dignity and excitement of each recipient.

3. What draws you to the events and organizations you participate in? 

My inclination towards events and organizations, particularly those dedicated to aiding children, stems from a deep-seated desire to contribute to their well-being and prospects. Participating in the 3,000 pushup challenge for St. Jude this March, alongside events like the 5k run with Lauren O'Neill for the same cause, reflects my commitment to supporting initiatives that offer hope and assistance to young lives. Furthermore, my years of involvement in MS 5k runs and bike rides are motivated by a personal connection. I have two family members battling MS, driving my passion for supporting and raising awareness for this cause.

For the pushup challenge, I had to raise money for and do 3,000 pushups during March. So I do 100 pushups/day this challenges me physically, but it is nothing compared to what these children endure. 

4. As a busy real estate professional, how do you stay engaged in philanthropy? Why is giving back a priority? 

As a busy real estate professional, staying engaged in philanthropy is essential for giving back to the community that supports us. It's about leveraging our resources and networks to make a tangible impact, showcasing that our commitment extends beyond transactions. Giving back is a priority because it strengthens our connection to the community, underlining the belief that our success is intrinsically linked to the well-being of others. Through philanthropic endeavors, we not only contribute to positive change but also inspire others in our industry to prioritize social responsibility, ensuring a cycle of giving that benefits all.

5. Do you have any recommendations for those considering taking a deeper dive into philanthropy?

For those considering a deeper dive into philanthropy, I recommend starting by identifying causes you are passionate about, as this passion will fuel your commitment and efforts. Additionally, seek out organizations with transparent operations and measurable impacts, ensuring your contributions make a significant difference in the areas you care about most.
 

 

 

 

 

Tammy DeWolfe is a real estate professional with Gibson Sotheby's International Realty at 680 High Street, Westwood, MA 02090 | 781.248.1534 | Tammy.DeWolfe@Gibsonsir.com

Jennifer Petze is a real estate professional with Gibson Sotheby's International Realty at 680 High Street, Westwood, MA 02090 | 781.690.1816 | Jennifer.Petze@Gibsonsir.com

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